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Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance has moved into the charity’s first owned home, after a 12-month project to build a new headquarters and airbase for its South Wales operation.  The service has transferred the EC135 from its previous southern base at Swansea Airport and fundraising staff to a purpose-built facility at Llanelli Gate, Dafen and aircrews have… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 17-Jun-16

Singing River and Ochsner bring EMS EC135 to Gulf Coast

Singing River and Ochsner bring EMS EC135 to Gulf Coast

Singing River Health System and Ochsner Health System today announced a new partnership that will bring lifesaving helicopter transportation to the Gulf Coast area. Effective today, the Ochsner Flight Care Program, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will base a helicopter at Ocean Springs Hospital and will be available to provide emergency air transport for critically ill… Read more »

Source: Ochsner, 15-Jun-16

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UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) has recently confirmed the completion of its 25,000th mission, a massive achievement.  In reaching this total, it has three AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters and night support by road.  No figure has been released for how many of the 25,000 missions were by road, and how many by air. The landmark call… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-16

DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

After the successful commissioning of the first five H145 helicopters with HEMS equipment from Bucher, DRF Luftrettung has now placed an order for two more AC70 HEMS kits. The innovative equipment has been designed and developed in close cooperation with users. The ergonomic and flexible design of the equipment is very popular in the market…. Read more »

Source: Bucher, 14-Jun-16

HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

The emergency helicopter landing pad at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway has had a state-of-the-art upgrade thanks to a £40,000 donation from the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal – the only charity in the UK dedicated to funding the construction of hospital helipads. NHS Western Isles received the surprise cash injection from the HELP… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Jun-16

AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leading U.S. provider of air medical transport services, has ordered new Airbus Helicopters H130s to launch the first-ever dedicated helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. AMGH has joined forces with an Indian firm, Aviators Air Rescue, and will initiate emergency medical services later this year. The new venture… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 13-Jun-16

FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) comprised of aviation and medical experts has made several recommendations about pilot medical fitness. “Safety is always our first… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jun-16

Canada – Ornge wins medical challenge

Canada – Ornge wins medical challenge

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, took first place at the 2016 Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Simulation Olympiad. This is the first time Ornge has participated in the competition. The team consisted of two Ornge Critical Care Flight Paramedics and two Physicians. “I was extremely proud to see the Ornge… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Jun-16

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Grant-funded helipad at Derriford Hospital completes first year with 280 landings

Grant-funded helipad at Derriford Hospital completes first year with 280 landings

There have been over 280 air ambulance and search and rescue helicopter landings at Derriford Hospital since the helipad was opened in June 2015. Many of the patients have been involved in vehicle incidents or sustained falls. Before the helipad was built, the hospital had to settle for a grassy set-down area for air ambulances… Read more »

Source: HELP, 08-Jun-16

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has taken delivery of their new AgustaWestland AW169, supplied under contract by Specialist Aviation Services.  The helicopter will replace one of the two older MD902 helicopters currently in service and greatly increases the operational capacity of the life-saving service.  Every year the specialist doctors and paramedics treat nearly… Read more »

Source: AW169, 07-Jun-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has worked with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and commissioners to launch a new Yorkshire Critical Care Team which will see 11 consultants in emergency medicine and anaesthesia working on the life-saving helicopter 12 hours a day, every day of the year. The team will carry additional drugs as… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 06-Jun-16

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Police Aviation News – June 2016 Edition

  The June 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Jun-16

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New CFO joins Air Methods

New CFO joins Air Methods

Air Methods announced that Peter Csapo will join America’s largest air medical provider and helicopter operator as chief financial officer (CFO). Csapo will begin his new role effective June 6, succeeding Trent Carman who will be stepping down from his role of more than 13 years. Csapo most recently served as chief financial officer and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-Jun-16

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Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell has signed three new avionics protection plan agreements with Australian Helicopters, Toll Remote Logistics in Australia and SFS Aviation in Thailand. The three-year agreements cover a total of 17 helicopters under the Honeywell avionics protection plan, which include AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky’s S-76 model. The Honeywell avionics protection plan offers commercial helicopters, business aviation… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 02-Jun-16

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Viejas partners with REACH Air for EMS helicopter in San Diego County

Viejas partners with REACH Air for EMS helicopter in San Diego County

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and we… Read more »

Source: REACH, 02-Jun-16

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Sanford AirMed moving from airport to new hospital pad

Sanford AirMed moving from airport to new hospital pad

In recent years, Sanford AirMed in North Dakota has had to base their Airbus EC145 out of Fargo Airport due to the over-development of the hospital site. With the construction of the new Sanford Medical Center Fargo that will be reversed as it has been designed with a helipad on top of the ground ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Air Evac EMS sues insurance company for $10 million

Air Evac EMS sues insurance company for $10 million

Air ambulance operator Air Evac EMS Inc. has reportedly said it is owed $10 million by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield (ABCBS), for medical flights provided to policyholders.  The company has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock last month to collect the money. The issue surrounds a payment cap of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Mercy Flight Western New York opens new facility

Mercy Flight Western New York opens new facility

Mercy Flight Western New York have this week opened a new facility in Springville, behind the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. The ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony was completed on Monday afternoon.  The 3,600-square-foot hangar and Mercy EMS base is expected to improve response times by allowing the nonprofit organization to position its aircraft and crews closer… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Gundersen Health System is starting a  trial on 1st June to see whether the move is feasible in the long term.  No helicopter type has been mentioned.  Their MedLink Air program serves La Crosse, Wisconsin and surrounding areas within a 150-mile radius, including communities through the tri-state region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are to add two AgustaWestland AW169s to their fleet, and both will be dedicated to their pediatric operation, known as The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).  One will be based in North and one in the South of England in order to provide a national… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Airbus highlights EMS capabilities at HeliRussia 2016

Airbus highlights EMS capabilities at HeliRussia 2016

Airbus Helicopters will participate in the international helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia 2016 held in Moscow on May 19-21. “Airbus Helicopters, as a leader with over 50% of the market share in the EMS segment, is ready to contribute to the development of the emerging market of emergency medical services in Russia,” said Emeric Lhomme, CEO… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-May-16

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AAMS responds to high-cost accusation aimed at air medical operators

AAMS responds to high-cost accusation aimed at air medical operators

Mr. Jesse Laslovich, candidate for Montana state auditor, recently distributed an article, “Air ambulance flights add insult to injury,” suggesting air medical providers are the primary cause for the high cost of transporting critically ill patients. That position overlooks the insurance industry’s responsibility to cover their beneficiaries’ emergency medical needs. Simply put, some insurance companies… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 16-May-16

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STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS has flown more than 3,000 missions to more than 400 communities across Saskatchewan since it established operations in the province in 2012. The missions have been made possible with the help of STARS Lottery, which is now celebrating its fifth birthday. The lottery officially kicked off today with 2019 prizes valued at more than… Read more »

Source: STARS, 16-May-16

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LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has delivered the first new AW139 helicopter to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service based in Australia. The aircraft is currently en route and will arrive at Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s main base in Newcastle, New South Wales, in June to enable pilots along with… Read more »

Source: LCI, 13-May-16

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Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

We have launched a photography competition calling on the public to submit photos of our helicopters and rapid response car fleet to fill our 2017 Charity Calendar. Money raised from the sale of the calendar will help us to deliver our advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, and continue saving lives in… Read more »

Source: Londons Air Ambulance, 13-May-16

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Illinois Dept Transportation names their Heliport of the Year

Illinois Dept Transportation names their Heliport of the Year

Located in a rural area, Clay County Hospital is located in a less easiliy accessible area.  As a critical access hospital, it focuses on common conditions and outpatient care, and frequently needs to refer patients with other conditions to other hospitals. In turn this means more than 100 Clay County helicopter transports per year, mostly… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-May-16

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Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) provides an airborne EMS service to Wales, part of the United Kingdom.  At present they have three Airbus EC135s, and contract with Babcock MCS Onshore (ex Bond Air Services) for the provision of aircraft, pilots and so on.  They operate from three bases to cover the area efficiently.  Additionally, they have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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Wales Air Ambulance – night flights or specialist pediatric EC135?

Wales Air Ambulance – night flights or specialist pediatric EC135?

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Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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PHi First Quarter turnover down 20%

PHi First Quarter turnover down 20%

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Consolidated operating revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were $164.0 million, compared to $204.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016, a decrease of $40.2 million. Oil and Gas… Read more »

Source: PHi, 10-May-16

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LifeFlight Eagle agrees hangar deal at Chillicothe Airport

LifeFlight Eagle agrees hangar deal at Chillicothe Airport

Following an announcement in March that they would move a medical helicopter from Trenton to Chillicothe, Lifeflight Eagle have now had a new hangar approved.  The Chillicothe City Council has approved an ordinance authorizing a lease for the hangar, which will be built on the southwest edge of the airport’s land, and will include living… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is to introduce a 24 hour day seven day week life-saving service via its Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) – it was announced today Trustees approved the decision at its latest Board Meeting in April (26.4.16) in order to meet its vision to provide the highest level of clinical… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 10-May-16

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New Mexico – Lifeguard Air Emergency Services to launch AW119Kx operations

New Mexico – Lifeguard Air Emergency Services to launch AW119Kx operations

Tomorrow 10th May 2016 at 3pm local time, the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Lifeguard Air Emergency Services, will launch its new helicopter service with the dedication of its newest emergency medical transport aircraft – an AgustaWestland AW119Kx Koala helicopter. The helicopter, owned by SevenBar Aviation, is equipped with medical-crisis treatment capabilities – blood reserves,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-16

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Mobile Critical Care Unit to help with Nova Scotia LifeFlight helipad Issue

Mobile Critical Care Unit to help with Nova Scotia LifeFlight helipad Issue

A new Emergency Health Services (EHS) mobile critical care ground-transfer unit is now providing intensive care for EHS LifeFlight patients en route to Halifax hospitals. This unit was originally planned for launch later this year. It was moved up in response to a recent change in Transport Canada policy that prohibited the EHS LifeFlight helicopter… Read more »

Source: Nova Scotia Health, 03-May-16

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Police Aviation News – May 2016 Edition

  The May 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-May-16

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight to open base at Cookeville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt LifeFlight to open base at Cookeville, Tennessee

In partnership with Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Vanderbilt LifeFlight will soon be expanding its footprint to serve the Upper Cumberland region by adding an emergency helicopter base in Cookeville, Tennessee.  Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) CEO Paul Korth said the addition of the helicopter is a “win-win” for everyone,… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt, 29-Apr-16

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Klickitat Valley Health puts helipad into operation

Klickitat Valley Health puts helipad into operation

The helipad came with a price tag of about $190,000 that covered all its related expenses. And among the chief contributors paying that bill was the KVH Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization created to assist the hospital through charitable and fundraising outreaches.  See full story

Source: Goldendale Sentinel, 28-Apr-16

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MediCopter gets new HEMS contract in Stockholm

MediCopter gets new HEMS contract in Stockholm

Stockholm’s County Council has publicly announced that it has awarded a new contract for airborne emergency medical services in the Stockholm region to Scandinavian MediCopter. The new contract will be valid from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2022, with an option to extend the period by two additional years. The decision comes after a… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 27-Apr-16

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Life Link III awarded re-accreditation by CAMTS

Life Link III awarded re-accreditation by CAMTS

Life Link III is pleased to announce that it has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) for both its rotor wing and fixed wing services. The CAMTS accreditation status is one of the most prestigious industry designations that may be achieved and extends across the entire Life Link… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 26-Apr-16

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STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

In a post on its Facebook page, STARS says a number of Albertans have received calls from someone claiming to be a STARS lottery representative telling the would-be victim they have won a prize, but in order to have it shipped to them they must first transfer a certain amount of money  See full story

Source: Global News, 26-Apr-16

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Midwest Medair to hold hangar groundbreaking ceremony at Audubon

Midwest Medair to hold hangar groundbreaking ceremony at Audubon

Midwest Medair has announced their groundbreaking ceremony for the MedAir 1 helicopter hanger at Audubon County Airport, Audubon, Iowa, this Friday. Everyone welcome for pictures, meet & greet, and a small informational session. Midwest Medical Transport Company is also having an open house that day on Friday, April 29, from 9-11 and you are welcome… Read more »

Source: Midwest Medair, 26-Apr-16

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Australia – No space for helipad at the new hospital

Australia – No space for helipad at the new hospital

Health bureaucrats in charge of the new Byron Central Hospital have confirmed that the new $88m facility will not have a helipad.  See full story

Source: Echo Net Daily, 19-Apr-16

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North Arkansas Regional Medical Center helipad dedicated

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center helipad dedicated

Even though AirEvac has been using its helicopter base adjacent to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center on Main Street for about three months, it’s officially open now.  See full story

Source: Harrison Daily, 18-Apr-16

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STARS gives away four houses and six cars in $5.6M of lottery prizes

STARS gives away four houses and six cars in $5.6M of lottery prizes

Many Albertans have cause to celebrate, following the announcement of the 2016 STARS lottery grand prize winners today. The lottery raised more than $11.5 million net for the non-profit, with 3,200 prizes worth more than $5.6 million retail. Lethbridge residents and Edmonton show home winners Ed and Marlene Grinnell were thrilled to learn they had… Read more »

Source: STARS, 15-Apr-16

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Plans approved for Med-Trans hangar at Greene County Municipal Airport

Plans approved for Med-Trans hangar at Greene County Municipal Airport

Plans approved by the local planning commission on Tuesday call for the helicopter hangar and helipad to lie as close to the existing runway and taxiway as possible, limiting the need for the aircraft to fly over parked cars while landing at the airport.  See full story

Source: Greenville Sun, 14-Apr-16

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EDA launches market survey on in-theatre helicopter medevac

EDA launches market survey on in-theatre helicopter medevac

Since the creation of the European Defence Agency in 2004, support to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and to EU operations has been one of EDA’s core missions. Several activities are now ongoing to develop the support of CSDP military and civilian operations or missions as well as EU Battlegroups at the request… Read more »

Source: EDA, 14-Apr-16

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STARS thanks Albertans with a symbol of gratitude on helicopters

STARS thanks Albertans with a symbol of gratitude on helicopters

In February, we issued a plea to Albertans. A stormy economic climate had led to slumping STARS lottery ticket sales, and it was in danger of not selling out for the first time in its 23-year history. The response from Albertans was overwhelming. Our phone lines were jammed and website traffic surged. Albertans from rural… Read more »

Source: STARS, 13-Apr-16

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Great North Air Ambulance to feature in second series of Air Ambulance ER

Great North Air Ambulance to feature in second series of Air Ambulance ER

The second series of Air Ambulance ER will broadcast at 9pm on Monday nights on Sky One. The show features the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which operates across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. Filming took place last summer at both the charity’s bases, at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington and at Langwathby,… Read more »

Source: GNAA, 11-Apr-16

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StarFlight Australia launches – an Australian-Turkish joint venture

StarFlight Australia launches – an Australian-Turkish joint venture

Two iconic aviation organisations have joined forces to officially launch Australia’s latest aviation company, StarFlight Australia, which features access to factory new, fully equipped and compliant Russian Kamov Ka-32A11BC helicopters for firefighting and AgustaWestland (Finmecannica Helicopters) range of helicopters for emergency medical service and search and rescue missions in Australasia. The joint venture company was… Read more »

Source: StarFlight Australia, 11-Apr-16

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Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Four year old Ethan from Hornchurch is one of the lucky winners to name one of our helicopters. The winning name is ‘Rowan’ after his two year old sister. On a visit to our helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel last week, Ethan and his sister got to see the chosen name. The… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 06-Apr-16

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REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and… Read more »

Source: REACH, 06-Apr-16

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UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

South Gloucestershire Council has reversed its approval for a new helicopter base in Almondsbury following a legal challenge.  The heliport was planned to serve both the Great Western Air Ambulance and the National Police Air Service, whose helicopters are currently based at Filton Airfield.  Filton, most famous for its role in the development of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines

The new fundraising and volunteering building and the new clinical training room will certainly enhance the service that we offer to patients. While the medical team now has a dedicated area in which they concentrate on their studies, they can now accommodate more volunteers who raise vital funds to keep the air ambulance flying.  See… Read more »

Source: West Briton, 04-Apr-16

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Police Aviation News – April 2016 Edition

  The April 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Apr-16

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United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft today announced that the Bell 505 HEMS kit is on display in at FIDAE in Santiago, Chile until April 3, 2016. The HEMS kit, which can be found inside the Bell 505 mock-up at the Bell Chalet, includes a standard size litter with adjustable headrest that will be approved for taxi, take-off, and… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Apr-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Thanks to the support of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire, the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) has reached a milestone in its fundraising – enabling the charity to purchase its own helicopter for the first time in its 20 year history. Today (30 March 2016) Rob Forsyth, Chair of Trustees… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 30-Mar-16

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Judge rejects North Dakota air ambulance law

Judge rejects North Dakota air ambulance law

Judge Daniel Hovland of U.S. District Court in Bismarck ruled in favor of Valley Med Flight, which argued that the state was trying to usurp federal law in creating a primary air ambulance carrier list.  See full story

Source: WDAZ, 30-Mar-16

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Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

A leisurely Easter weekend walk on the slopes of Schiehallion in Highland Perthshire turned into a full scale emergency, prompting the landmark 1,000th rapid response from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). The country’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance was scrambled from its base at Perth Airport when emergency services received a call to say a… Read more »

Source: SCAA, 30-Mar-16

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LifePort expands Bell 407 STC

LifePort expands Bell 407 STC

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, amended its Bell 407 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to add the new Machined Stretcher, improved Oxygen Cylinder Mount, and new Utility Mount.  This new product offering provides operators with increased capability and improved durability, including: 16% weight reduction over the previous composite AeroSled, which results in a savings of 9 pounds… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 29-Mar-16

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Airlift Northwest adding rotary and fixed wing at Yakima

Airlift Northwest adding rotary and fixed wing at Yakima

Airlift Northwest, a Pacific Northwest air medical transport provider, announces the expansion of its services and capabilities in Eastern Washington with the addition of a state-of-the-art Pilatus PC-12 turboprop plane and a new helicopter to its Yakima base at McAllister Field. The plane goes into service today, March 21, 2016, and replaces Airlift Northwest’s AeroCommander… Read more »

Source: Airlift Northwest, 29-Mar-16

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Air Methods gives in to shareholder Voce Capital

Background – Voce Capital issued press releases as follows – each highly critical of the way Air Methods was being run and to demand a place on the Board September 2015 October 2015 February 2016 – to which Air Methods issued a response to the various points Voce raised, not acceding to any of them… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 24-Mar-16

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Hamad General Hospital to add double roof helipad for AW139s

Hamad General Hospital to add double roof helipad for AW139s

Hamad General Hospital, in Qatari capital of Doha, will expand its current operating theatre facility with a new surgical building and a newly constructed 800-car space multi-storey parking tower. The facility will offer 17 new surgical theatres with three additional specialist theaters as well as two interventional radiology suites. This facility will also feature dedicated… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-16

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UK – Manchester Helipad Appeal receives million pound boost

UK – Manchester Helipad Appeal receives million pound boost

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will receive over £1 million to help pay for the first hospital helipad in the city centre, the Chancellor announced in yesterday’s Budget. The £1.1million will go towards an existing appeal for £3.9m to build the landing pad and infrastructure at the Trust’s central Manchester hospitals site, where… Read more »

Source: CMUH, 22-Mar-16

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Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

The government of the state of Galicia is reported to have cut flying hours for EMS helicopters in an apparent cost-cutting exercise, according to the locally based 20Minutos, among others. Traditionally, two helicopters have operated in daylight hours for the last 25 years, which gives at least 15 flying hours in mid-summer. However, it has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-16

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Thames Valley and Hampshire IOW Air Ambulances start night flights

Thames Valley and Hampshire IOW Air Ambulances start night flights

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have officially started night-time Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations across the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) region and the Isle of Wight. TVAA’s Airbus H135 helicopter is flown by highly-trained and experienced Bond pilots operating with the latest-generation of night-vision… Read more »

Source: TVAC, 18-Mar-16

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Founder of paramedic profession takes centre stage at EHAAT Clinical Governance Day

Founder of paramedic profession takes centre stage at EHAAT Clinical Governance Day

The founder of the first paramedic unit in Europe, Prof. Douglas Chamberlain, spoke to an 85-strong audience of doctors, paramedics, nurses, students and other emergency services personnel at the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust’s monthly Clinical Governance Day held at North Weald Airfield on Tuesday 15 March. Prof. Chamberlain, who has dedicated his career… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 18-Mar-16

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Northern Ireland Air Ambulance to launch thanks to £4M of banking fines

Northern Ireland Air Ambulance to launch thanks to £4M of banking fines

In the UK Budget announced this week, Chancellor of the Exchequor George Osborne committed £4 Million from the Government’s banking fine levy to help launch the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance.  See full story  

Source: BBC, 18-Mar-16

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Northwest MedStar and Life Flight Network collaborate on ICU-Level Critical Care

Northwest MedStar and Life Flight Network collaborate on ICU-Level Critical Care

Northwest MedStar is integrating its critical care transport program into Life Flight Network, an Oregon-based, not-for-profit air medical program serving the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. As a result of this expanded program, Life Flight Network will open new helicopter bases in Colville and Walla Walla, Wash. and add a fixed-wing aircraft to an existing… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 17-Mar-16

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New Zealand – NEST becomes the Northland Rescue Helicopter

New Zealand – NEST becomes the Northland Rescue Helicopter

Peter Turnbull, the Northland Rescue Helicopter’s chief pilot and chief executive, says the new name is about establishing cohesive branding for the helicopters and the trust.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 16-Mar-16

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PHI Air Medical reaches agreement with insurer CareFirst

PHI Air Medical reaches agreement with insurer CareFirst

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the state’s leading insurer, and PHI Air Medical, a national air ambulance company that serves the University of Maryland Medical System, have reached an agreement that won’t leave patients with the (increasingly hefty) bill.  See full story

Source: Baltimore Business Journal, 16-Mar-16

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Allianz UK Employees to raise £1million for air ambulance charities

Allianz UK Employees to raise £1million for air ambulance charities

Employees from Allianz UK have set themselves the target of raising over £1million for new charity partner Association of Air Ambulances Charity (AAAC). Launching today, the partnership will initially last three years with each Allianz branch organising fundraising activities at a local level to support their regional air ambulance service. Jon Dye, CEO Allianz UK… Read more »

Source: AAA, 15-Mar-16

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New Date for UK National Air Ambulance Week 2016

New Date for UK National Air Ambulance Week 2016

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) is delighted to announce that the new date of National Air Ambulance Week 2016 is Monday 19th to Sunday 25th September. NAAW is an initiative created by the AAA and celebrates the work of local air ambulances, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work… Read more »

Source: AAA, 15-Mar-16

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New Chairman at Association of Air Ambulances

New Chairman at Association of Air Ambulances

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) is delighted to announce that Hanna Sebright was duly appointed as the new Chairman of the Association at their Annual General Meeting held on Monday 7 March 2016. A large gathering of representatives from across the European HEMS sector, attended the AGM which saw former Chairman Bill Sivewright hand… Read more »

Source: AAA, 15-Mar-16

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New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built base for air ambulance and clinical retrieval teams at Glasgow Airport today. The new facility brings Scottish Ambulance Service Air Ambulance helicopter and fixed wing operations from the West into a single location. Scotland’s national specialists retrieval service for critically ill… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 15-Mar-16

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Era Helicopters and Global Vectra partner for EMS in India

Era Helicopters and Global Vectra partner for EMS in India

Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd. (BSE Code 532773; NSE Code GLOBALVECT) (“GVHL”) and Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”) announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) for the Indian market. HEMS represents a modern trauma care delivery system designed to facilitate rapid delivery of medical attention… Read more »

Source: Era Helicopters, 15-Mar-16

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STARS Alberta Lottery is in danger of not selling out

STARS Alberta Lottery is in danger of not selling out

For the first time in more than two decades, STARS’ Alberta Lottery is in danger of not selling out. The lottery has a 23-year history in the province and is the only charitable home lottery in Canada to set records by selling out every year since it began. However, our stormy economic climate has led… Read more »

Source: STARS, 09-Mar-16

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